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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tiny tribe's challenge confuses great white bureaucracy SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) The bureaucracy is confused, but struggling gamely as northern Idaho's latest David the 67-member Kootenai tribe- takes on the all-time champion Goliath, thy federal government. Messages flashed between government agen- cies all day Monday As federal officials tried to determine whether the tribe is really serious about declaring war on the United States. Even if the Kootenais are serious and they apparently are the agency heads, congressmen and staff members slowly becom- ing involved aren't sure what to do about it. Government came lace-to-face with its greatest enemy, the iron clad deadline, when the Kootenay tribal council in Bonners Feiry passed its war declaration resolution Wednesday. Landless and almost extinct, the Kootenais told President Ford that they wanted a treaty and reservation, and they wanted a start on both by midnight Thursday. Otherwise, they said, the warpath would become tribal poUcy. In Portland, Ore. Bureau of Indian Affairs area director Francis Briscoe immediately dis- patched a delegation to meet with the tribe. Included was Vincent Little, the north Idaho agency superintendent. Little concluded that the Kootenais were both sincere and at least partially justified in seeking a land base, money for 1.6 million acres lost in Idaho and Montana and hunting, fishing, water and mineral rights. But, he told the tribe, all he could do is press for quick dispatch of a negotiating delegation from Washington, D.C. Information was forwarded through Briscoe to headquarters and quickly proved that the giant federal machine ins't ready for surprises. A BIA spokesman in Washington said Monday that his agency has no authority to negotiate treaties with Indians. That authority, he said, rests with the Congress. So, he said, the informa- tion is being forwarded to appropriate congressmen. Three of the most approproiate Sens. James McClure and Frank Church and Rep. Steve Symms, all of Idaho had only barely heard of the conflict late Monday. A Church staff member had not heard of the conflict at all, but said the matter probably was referred to the Senate interior committee. There, professional Indian affairs staff member Forrest Gerard said Congress in 1871 voted itself out of the treaty business and into the policy of specific legislation to aid specific Indian tribes. Gerard, who said he would look into the matter, noted that the Kootenais apparently accepted an Indian Claims Commission settle- ment for sale of their lands. That action, he said, should have ended the matter. Gerard and the various congressional offices also noted that for more than a year, a bill has been pending that would grant to the Kootenais 12.5 acres or about fewer than they want. But, he acknowledged, that in no way brought the Kootenais closer to lasting peace. The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE: ALBERTA, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1974 15 CENTS 36 Pages Cranbrook crash kills 3 persons CRANBROOK (Special) Three people died and one person was severely injured in a two-truck, head-on collision this morning on Highway 3 near here. One truck exploded into flames after the collision and its two occupants were burned beyond recognition. The other truck was not totally demolished and did hot burn. One of its two occupants died in the crash, the other, a 20-year-old man, is in hospital here. The accident took place about three miles east of here on what local residents term "Eager Hill." It is a slightly curving road. RCMP don't know what caused one truck to explode into flames. Two people are not yet identified, police said at a.m. today. Names were not released pending notification of next of kin. Both trucks remained on the highway, one on the shoulder of the road. RCMP said they think the people burned died before flames engulfed them. Victory celebration Wounded Knee trial defendants Russell Means, left, and Dennis Banks, right, join in singing the AIM victory song at a party in their honor Monday night in St. Paul, Minn., following the dismissal in U.S. district court of all five felony charges against the American Indian Movement leaders. The charges arose from the 71-day occupa- tion of Wounded Knee, S.D., in 1973. 'Canadian taxpayers may help depressed U.S. beef market' American cattlemen, plagued for months with huge surpluses and depressed prices, could receive some financial help from the Cana- dian tajrpa.yer, says Lethbridge MP Ken Hurlburt. It will come from the federal government's support price for Canadian slaughter cattle and the import quota on fat cattle coming from the United States. Mr. Hurlburt said the federal government has reduced the 1974 quota for dressed beef entering Canada to 125.8 million pounds, down from 158 million pounds in 1973. The government also will restrict the number of slaughter cattle coming into Canada to 82.833 head in the period Aug. 12.1974 to Aug. 11, 1975. In 1973, Canada imported 208.539 head of slaughter cattle, mostly from the U.S. The imported cattle during the quota period must come in equal numbers, not more than 30 per cent of the quota in any four-month period. Mr. Hurlburt said this all sounds good but government hasn't told the Canadian cattleman all the story. He said the government forgot to mention that while it is shutting the door on slaughter cattle coming into this country, it left the door open on the other end of the cattle chain the feeder animal. "Feeders will be able to go to the U.S. and buy cheap feeder he said. "Once they are tested for TB and anaplasmosis. brought to a Canadian feedlot. they will lose their identity within 45 days and become eligible for the federal support program." The federal government will make up any difference between the slaughter cattle selling price in Canada and a level determined by the federal department of agriculture as a floor price for Grade A, B and C steers. Mr. Hurlburt said the only solution to pricing problems for Canadian cattlemen, es- pecially those in the West, is allocation of new market for beef. He said the West depends too heavily on Montreal as an outlet for its dressed beef. Dutch officials see end to French embassy siege THE HAGUE (AP) A break appeared imminent to- day in the occupation of the UN opens 29th session UNITED NATIONS